As winter sets in it’s a great time to slip away to a secluded cabin in the hills of the Otways, relax in front of a cozy fire and take in the magnificent views across valleys or ocean. Sneak out for some heart warming country food or order in a ‘chef prepared’ feast. When you’re feeling inspired (and it doesn’t take long) slip on a jacket and go explore the rich lush forests and walking tracks. Stroll along deserted winter beaches or take in some of the top tourists attractions, minus the crowds. It’s a winter break you wont forget quickly and there are plenty of events happening to occupy those looking for more.
JUNE: Sunday 8
Run Wild on 100% Pure Otway Trails
Southern Exposure presents the inaugural Run Forrest – Forrest 1/2 Marathon Trail Run offering adventure racers an exciting new challenge in 2014! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned campaigner, don’t miss this ultimate running experience – undulating hills, flowing rivers, dense fern gullies and the cool, fresh air of the Otway Ranges. Staged in the hinterland township of Forrest, nestled in the heart of the Otway Ranges, Run Forrest will showcase the regions world class trails and breathtaking natural beauty.
Registration links and more details can be found at www.otwaycountrytocoast.com.au
JUNE: Sunday 8
After the race it’s time to hit the Annual Forrest Soup Festival
Wander around township of Forrest taking in the Festival atmosphere and exploring treasures to be found in some of the local stores. With plenty of delicious soup and local produce to try you want be left hungry after your morning run and the animal nursery and jumping castle are perfect for the kids. Even the Wonky Donkey, the Corner Store & the Forrest Brewery will have a delicious soup to wash down a few coldies after the race!
JUNE: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15
The Big Otway Tree Plant is where everyone will be.
Join us on this special weekend, teams of volunteers will be planting trees to restore the woodlands of Cape Otway. Over the weekend we will be planting trees, protecting seedlings and having a lot of fun along the way. It’s a great way to enjoy the region and give something back to the environment.
Bimbi Park has generously offered volunteer planters free camping or shared bunk rooms at special discounted rates. To register your interest as a volunteer please get in touch with CEC’s Conservation & Research Manager, Jack Pascoe as early as possible.
For more details visit the Conservation Ecology Centre or visit www.otwaycountrytocoast.com.au and follow the links.
JUNE 28 – JULY 13
It’s School Holidays Wild Otway time.
Enjoy live interactions with wild animals every week in July! Learn about the wonderful Otway wildlife and how to conserve their habitats. It’s all part of the Otway Fly Tree Top Adventures Wild Otway program.
Call 03 5235 9200 for more information or visit www.otwaycountrytocoast.com.au and follow the links.
JULY: Sunday 27
Plant & Pledge for National Tree Day
Celebrate Australia’s magnificent natural heritage and get into the Otway Rainforest on National Tree Day. Bring the family. Make new friends and take part in our “Plant & Pledge” activities, where you’re contribution to our environment will be noticed by thousands for years to come.
For more information visit our website or call 03 5235 9200 www.otwaycountrytocoast.com.au
August is Wonderful Waterfalls month
August is he perfect time to visit all the falls flowing at their fullest you’ll need to allow 3-7 days depending on how much time you have and how many you want to see, there are a lot, some well know and some not even named.
7 Falls in 7 Days. From the wonderful Stevensons, Hopetoun, Beauchamp and Triplet falls to the spectacular Little Aire falls. Return walks vary from 20 minutes at Carisbrook falls or the more challenging trek to the Sabine Falls of just over 2 hours return.
All week, midweek and weekend accommodation deals are available and your hosts will be happy to advise you on the best falls and how to get there.
Visit www.otwaycountrytocoast.com.au for a list of accommodation options.
AUGUST: Friday 15 – Sunday 17
Experience International Lighthouse Weekend
Round out the winter with a visit to the Cape Otway Lightstation during International Lighthouse Weekend. There’s no better time to visit the oldest, surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia. A weekend of fabulous activities: Ghost tours, Live music, Historic characters, fab food and other activities. Special late night opening on the Saturday.
Make it a long weekend and take it all in.
For more information call 03 5237 9240 or visit www.otwaycountrytocoast.com.au and follow the links.